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  1. Traitors Cove through Island Wings. Michelle is an awesome host and extremely experienced pilot. All of the flight tour concessions are super busy right now so be patient waiting on an email reply http://www.islandwings.com/anan-creek---traitors-cove-bear-viewing-tours.html
  2. I had to wade through several pages of Samsung gobledigoop to figure out what is being referred to here. So just curious.... https://semiwiki.com/semiconductor-manufacturers/samsung-foundry/8157-tsmc-and-samsung-5nm-comparison/
  3. masterdrago

    Tide Clock

    If you have a smartphone, it's easy to lookup tides while in Alaska. I printed a couple of charts when we went for specific places that I was curious about. For those that live in the big state, I ran into this tide clock that might interest DIYers on the Lazy Otter Charters FB page. The instructions can be found by searching instructables tide clock https://www.instructables.com/id/Giant-Tide-Clock/
  4. You don't need to book an excursion to attempt to view the aurora. Just the willingness to brave some cold and dark place away from light pollution. There are web pages that will set up alerts on your phone when the aurora are active. So not downtown Fairbanks. Near the beginning of September you don't get full darkness but near 5 hours of astronomical twilight which just 30 miles outside Fairbanks is just nearly full dark. Farther down near Cantwell/Denali you do get full dark between 1:22 and 2:30am and the area is darker than near downtown Fairbanks. Just try to get away from light pollution at the right time if the sky is clear. Don't miss out on the opportunity to view aurora. Use this page to work out where and when if the weather is nice https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/usa/fairbanks
  5. Overpacking is, IMHO, a drag but you might consider looking at forecast and historical averages at https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/hoonah-ak/99829/september-weather/331726
  6. I put our packing guide and beginning planner at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2656006-planning-report-pre-cruise-rci-excursion-plan/
  7. I did try Quik but found it quirky on both my W7 desktop and the w10 laptop I just got specifically to handle HVEC. If your not going to edit any HVEC vids, then I found Adobe Premier Elements works nicely. I ended up using CyberLink PowerDirector 365. Great price with a bunch of good support forums and will handle HVEC. I did take a lot of stills with the 7 (12MP). The ones in the cabin, inside & outside the Alyeska Resort and several others - wide shots on the Linear setting (~90 degrees wide). For most I used Nikon D7500 & D5100 with 10-24 & 28-300 and a few with 150-600. I used a Manfrotto PIXI mini tripod ($18 @AMZN). Works great to hand hold and when needed, a small light weight rugged tripod. Also used one of there basic AMZN head bands. I had read about battery life so took extras and one of their dual chargers. Used the PowerCore external bricks by Anker (20100 & 13000) for long vid from balcony. The display can be fairly accurate in showing remaining battery life but as it gets near the lower 30%, time seems to warp a bit, so beware.
  8. If you easily are prone to motion sickness, then yes, make sure to carry meds with you. If you are easily overcome by it, I would say get a patch style med. I only experienced the very slightest sense of motion on our cruise in May while on the ship. We were near a bit aft of mid ship on deck 10. We did several whale watch small boat tours, several small float plane tours and never experienced any issues but I nor DW have any propensity for motion sickness. We brought several brands thinking we might better have them than not. Never felt any need. YMMV. And like CruiserBruce pointed out, seas can be very unpredictable.
  9. Thanks. That's a good one. Was not on my list. Bookmarked now.
  10. SuperCrewBear, I was really impressed with how the back stage of Liberty of the Seas is operated when I took their ship excursion a few years ago. Especially how the liquor storage vault can be ejected out to sea if a fire becomes out of control in that room.
  11. I think you've done a masterful job of planning. I enjoyed hearing your thought processes. We spent near 10 months planning our 1st DIY land tour and cruise for this last May. Full report is here on CC at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2660632-trip-report-may-24-2019-radiance-of-the-seas-seward-vancouver/ We were sure it would be our only trip to the big State. Ended up spending ~$16k for the 16 day trip. Turns out, we are already planning the next one. So many things to see and do. Can hardly wait to go back.
  12. Both Alyeska and Talkeetna have really nice views but I think the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge is the winner, having stayed at both this last May.
  13. Yep. The name of the little espresso bar was Latta-tudes. Only the Deluxe Beverage Package covers the Starbucks on Radiance. Thanks Don.
  14. Thanks Don for your perspective and notes. We departed Juneau around 9pm so it was getting dark by the time we got into that beautiful landscapes on both side of the ship. The pix was taken at 9:58ADT from our balcony after we sailed away from Juneau. I don't think we had made it to Doty or Suicide Cove yet. Just barely to Taku Inlet where we would make the turn to Skagway at a slow pace. I did wake early to the view back down Lynn Canal. I just was not able to spot much during the dark along our route.
  15. Using the tracker idea by rafinmd, I see right now that Radiance is docked Ketchikan with port side loading. So folks on the starboard side might get to watch if bubble-net feeding happens in the nearby waters. I'll keep tabs on the Westerdam soon. She appears to be docked port side in Haines. Thanks to all.
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